It’s a pretty confusing time when we are all looking at possibly re-opening our clinics. What I like about this post is how it is advocating and lobbying for Massage Therapists and their safety.
We would all be better therapists if we could understand more about the patient experience and what they are dealing with. Which is why articles like this are important for us to read. To truly understand the patient perspective with pain.
Unfortunately, the longer someone experiences pain, the less valid standard MSK assessments and treatments become. This is why we need to start looking at things like education, adopting new narratives, and looking at principles over modalities to help chronic pain patients.
There has long been a need for quality research around massage therapy as a profession. Here is a great resource of some systematic reviews that show massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions and rehabilitation.
“Systematic Reviews Of Massage Therapy” – Richard Lebert
As we move forward to our clinics opening, there are many recommendations about wearing masks. While this may be important from a safety standpoint, we also have to take into account how this will affect our non-verbal communication and how it can affect our patients.